TCU head coach Gary Patterson, like many fans, wasn’t thrilled by the Horned Frogs being snubbed of a New Year’s Six appearance despite finishing as runner-ups in the Big 12 Conference.
TCU fell from No. 11 to No. 15 in the final playoff rankings after falling to No. 2 Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship Game, 41-17. The loss helped propel 10-2 Washington into the New Year’s Six, despite the Huskies failing to reach their conference championship game.
Being snubbed a prestigious bowl game is an all too familiar situation for the Horned Frogs. TCU fell from No. 3 to No. 6 in the final week of 2014 regular season, despite recording a 55-3 win over Iowa State to cap off that campaign.
And that just about puts TCU right back in its mentality from three years ago as the team prepares for Stanford in the Valero Alamo Bowl: Prove them wrong.
Patterson told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Carlos Mendez on Friday that TCU “had something to prove” when the Horned Frogs faced No. 9 Ole Miss in the 2014 Peach Bowl — played at the now-defunct Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga. TCU rolled past the Rebels in a 42-3 victory.
The Horned Frogs can post a similar statement win against the No. 13 Cardinal in San Antonio.
“If we don’t like people knocking us down, then how do you jump back across? You get ready to play and go win a ballgame and prove you’re one of those teams,” Patterson told Mendez.
TCU’s first and only appearance in the Alamo Bowl in January 2016 was more than just a “prove it” game.
The Horned Frogs, without both star quarterback Trevone Boykin and wide receiver Josh Doctson, overcame a 31-0 halftime deficit behind backup quarterback Bram Kohlhausen to post a 47-41 victory over Oregon in triple overtime.
The Alamo Bowl will be played at the Alamodome on Dec. 28 and will kick-off at 8 p.m. CT. The game will air on ESPN.
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